Friday, September 16, 2016

California Conceptions Cycle #2 Timeline

05/05/2016 started birth control for cycle #2 and have a blood test tomorrow to make sure the hcg numbers are going down. 

05/06/2016 hcg blood test results came back down to 0 and we can start again as soon as we get a new profile. 

05/27/2016 We were offered a new match and we accepted. Waiting on Valerie to send me a meds calendar. Thankfully I have all my meds already. Will be going for a baseline ultrasound on Tuesday the 31st.  This time around we are hoping for a fresh embryo transfer and it seems it will fall around the 4th of July of weekend. Hopefully I'll get my jury duty notice soon so I can plan my dates. Also this time around I decided to keep the step by step updates a little private to keep my sanity. Hoping this is the one.

05/31/2016 Baseline Ultrasound today, all clear. Will start Lupron today 10 units per day. I started he vitamins same as previous cycle. 

06/02/2016 it seems I developed an allergic reaction to vitamin E, my face is breaking out in hives when I take it so I've stopped those and started taking baby Aspirin instead cause it seems they have the same effect of thinning blood in hopes of improving circulation. 

06/07/2016 started Estrogene patches today and reduced Lupron to 5 units per day.

06/21/2016 Flew to California for my Lining check, it's 9.9 which is great. The hiccup is that the donor was delayed a bit and instead of her cycle day 9 being on the 21st i was told it's now going to be on the 26th. Doctor said this won't be an issue and everything should still be on track for transfer around the first week of July.

06/27/2016 Got a call from the clinic to start progesterone on 06/29/2016 cause our embryo transfer is going to be on 07/04/2016. Hubby gets to go this time since it's around a holiday and he can be off, this makes me so happy. It's going to be a fresh transfer not frozen embryos and this we plan on transferring 2 embryos to maximize our chances. I pray this is the one that is going to work.

06/29/2016 My Last shot of Lupron today and i started progesterone. My bummbumm is not even completely healed from the previous round of shots but here we go again. I'm trying the 23 gauge this time to see if it's better and less painful. Injecting the medicine is much slower but if it helps i want to use these needles.

06/30/2016  Sometimes i really don't understand why things can't go smoothly for  us just for once. The coordinator calls and instead of giving us an embryology update she didn't have a lot of good news. The donor apparently wasn't doing very well and even we expressed our desire to transfer 2 embryos there may be only 1 embryo available for us. She said she will email us a couple of backup profiles (frozen embryos) that we can pick from, like we have a choice, so we picked one, just in case. The fun part is we won't know if we are getting the fresh embryo(s) or the frozen ones until the day of the transfer.  To say i'm disappointed is an understatement. I honestly don't care if it's fresh or frozen we had our heart set on transferring 2 embryos this time around to maximize our chances. The waiting sucks. The not knowing sucks. I just want our baby already.

07/03/2016  Flew to California today, we got lucky since our flight was delayed by 20 minutes not giving us enough time to make our connecting flight so the desk agent bumped us to a direct flight at no extra charge and we made it to California early. 

We were starving so we checked in to the hotel and went for lunch at Applebee's. It's not my favorite place but it's pretty close to the hotel. That'll have to do for now.

Between yesterday and today I missed 2 phone calls from the clinic letting me know of a schedule change so I called and left a message acknowledging the change. They run about an hour late every time anyways so it's not a big deal. Still don't know what profile we well transfer tomorrow.

Met up with 2 awesome ladies from our Facebook group for dinner at Dos Coyotes, lovely ladies, we had a great dinner and great conversations. Kristy was with her hubby so mine didn't feel lonely at the table. It is so amazing how many women are going through similar journeys. We may have different paths, different reasons and different ways of getting there but our goal is the same, to have a baby. 

07/04/2016 Transfer Day!  We woke up, took showers and had breakfast at the hotel to start of the day. Went for a little walk and dropped by the clinic to make sure we are still on schedule. Our appointment was an 11 a.m. arrival so we went back closer to that time. The receptionist informed us that we will be transferring embryos from our backup profile and we were ok with that since that means we can transfer 2 embryos for sure. 

The clinic was running late as usual but at least today we know it's because of the holidays. They were doing the best they can with the staff they had. 

I learned my lesson last time and I didn't binge on water. My bladder was just full enough when I got there, then I just kept taking small sips of water. By the time they called us in about an hour after our scheduled appointment my bladder was ready, it was full without being painful. This time I got to focus on what was happening on th monitor and made small talk with the Doctor. 

The embryologist Ted (Ph.D.) explained that we received 2 grade 2 embryos. They were expanding when they last checked them at 11 a.m. we were closer to 1:00 pm at the time. He told us they thawed beautifully and wanted us to acknowledge that there's a 35% chance of having twins and that on the downside it may not work despite the good looking embryos. At this point we kinda know nothing is a guarantee, we just go with the flow and hope for the best.

We have nicknamed the embryos Firecrackers inspired by the 4th of July.

My beta tests are scheduled for the 13th and the 15th of July. Seems like it's going to take forever to get there but I will try to be patient. 

After the transfer we went out to lunch cause it was well after 1 at this point. We had hamburgers In downtown Davis. The food was really good but the service not so much. The 2 servers that were there were more interested in playing cards with the bartender than asking us if we need more water. 

The city of Davis was having a couple of bike races during the day in celebration of the 4th of July so we walked around a bit and watched the races. Then we headed back to the hotel to rest and do my shot.

Around 8 pm we headed back towards the Community Park where the fireworks were scheduled to take place. We got there and realized we should have brought water, a blanket and some snacks maybe since there were no vendors onsite. I for sure should have brought a light jacket at least. We had fun though. We listened to some music and watched the fireworks.

I hope this is going to be one of the most memorable 4th of July holidays we celebrate. 

On the way back to the hotel we stopped by Carl's Jr and I got me an order of fried zucchini. 
Side note. I've been sleeping well even though I'm waking up often I'm able to fall right back to sleep.
Tomorrow we plan on getting acupuncture then touring a jelly belly factory!! Sweet!!

07/05/2016 Went and got acupuncture this morning since i read it helps with implantation then off we went to Fairfield to tour the Jelly Belly factory. We loved the tour, you can taste the sugar in the air.

07/10/2016 I've been pretty much cramping on and off since the transfer date and today there was some light spotting, hoping it's a good sign.

07/12/2016 I took a home pregnancy test cause I couldn't wait any longer and guess what?!?!?

I still can't believe it!! But we are a long way from being in the clear. Still have to wait for blood tests on the 13th and the 15th but I'm allowing myself to get excited regardless. I want to enjoy all the little milestones after all the wait.

07/13/2016 First HCG Beta is 738!! Twins?? Who knows? Now we wait till Friday and hope the numbers double. 

07/15/2016 Second HCG Beta is 1604 so definitely doubled. All the nurses seem too excited and happy delivering the news, loved it. It's also my sister's and hubby's sister's birthdays today. 

Our first ultrasound is scheduled for August 2nd, coincidentally on my birthday, the coordinator said if all looks well I should be able to stop medications after September 6th and most importantly estimated due date is March 21st which is Mother's Day in Lebanon and my niece's birthday ❤️❤️

1 comment:

  1. Thank you for all the day to day activities in such a skillfully written way.